Recognition at Valley City State University strives to emphasize behaviors and actions supporting the mission, vision, and strategy of the University. The value of this recognition is demonstrated in University performance and excellence.


"Valley City State University has earned either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot among the Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest in each of the last 5 years in America's Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. This marks the 16th year in a row that VCSU has been recognized as a ‘Best College’ by U.S. News.

Formal Recognition

Recognition at Valley City State University is formally approached from many different perspectives: peer-to-peer, student-to-employee,and management-to-employee. Valley City State University intentionally recognizes and fiscally supports formal recognition by the following approaches:

  • Teacher of the Year
    The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.
    --Presented by Student Senate

  • Student Advocate of the Year
    This recognition honors any individual or group that supports, sponsors, and promotes the actions, beliefs, and success of the VCSU student body.
    --Presented by Student Senate

  • Years of Service Awards
    This recognition honors employees for their dedication in service to fulfilling the University's mission and vision.
    --Presented by Staff Senate

  • Difference is ME Award
    This award provides opportunity for staff members to recognize their peers 24 times over the course of the year. The award is by nomination to receive a small monetary award for demonstrating an immediate action or behavior reflecting the core values of VCSU:
    1. Mission driven
    2. Quality and integrity
    3. Innovation
    4. Community
    5. Diversity

    The Difference is ME Winners:
    Jacob Ell
    Wayne Hammond
    Jody Henjum
    Jenn Larson

    --Sponsored and presented by Staff Senate
  • The Difference is ME Nomination Survey

  • Staff Member of the Quarter Award
    This quarterly award provides opportunity for employees and students to recognize staff members by nominating them to receive a monetary award and campus-wide recognition by the President and Cabinet. The nomination and award recognize ongoing and continued actions or behaviors furthering the vision and mission of the University.
    --Sponsored and presented by President and Cabinet

    Staff Member of the Quarter Winners:
    2013 2nd Quarter - Kim Hesch
    2013 3rd Quarter - Emma Tufte
    2013 4th Quarter - Doug Hamilton
    2014 1st Quarter - Irene Groth

  • Student Employee of the Month
    This award allows every supervisor of student employees an opportunity to nominate, once a month, a student employee who does superior work and is valuable to their work efforts. From the 9 monthly recipients of this award, a Student Employee of the Year is chosen.

    Student Employee of the Month Winners:
    January 2014 - Jessica Georgeson
    February 2014 - Jenna McDowell
    March 2014 - Alyssa Swanson
    April 2014 - Malik Jackson
    May 2014 - Zack Hoover

    --Sponsored and presented by the Office of Career Services
    Student Employee of the Month Nomination Form